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Velvetleaf : Kentucky IPM

Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti)


Velvetleaf is a warm-season annual broadleaf weed. Seedlings have rounded cotyledons with an indentation in their margins near the point of attachment. Leaves are alternately arranged on the stem, are heart-shaped and have toothed edges. Velvetleaf seedling
Velvetleaf As the plant grows, leaves and stems develop a velvety pubescence. Velvetleaf is sometimes called elephant's ear. Common throughout Kentucky, velvetleaf can be found along fence rows, vacant lots, gardens and cultivated fields, especially corn and soybean fields.


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